SCALE app launched for skill development in leather sector

SCALE app launched for skill development in leather sector

SCALE App: Minister of Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan recently launched the SCALE (Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees) app.

  • It was launched during his visit to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) on September 20, 2022.

Key Points:

  • The application has been developed by the Leather Skill Sector Council (LSSC).
  • This app provides a one-stop service for skilling, learning, assessment and job opportunities for the leather industry.
  • It provides online live streaming classes from a studio at the LSSC’s office.
  • Anyone with an interest in leather crafts can enroll in these classes.

About LSSC:

  • The Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) is a non-profit organization set up in 2012.
  • It was established to help the leather sector of India meet the demands for qualified workers.
  • Its responsibility is to create skilled ecosystem in India’s leather industry through capacity building measures.
  • Its goals include creating a skilled labour force for the leather and leather goods sector as well as ensuring the availability of qualified workers at all industrial segments and organizational levels.
  • Currently, it is acknowledged as one of the significant industry skills councils by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

India’s leather sector:

  • In India, the leather industry is predicted to add 2.39 million new jobs between 2017 and 2022.

This includes -

  • 0.88 million full-time workers,
  • 0.77 million employed in small businesses and
  • 0.74 million self-employed or daily wage workers like cobblers.
  • This sector has one of the youngest and most productive workforce comprising labourers  below the age of 55.
  • India’s leather sector produces about 3 billion square feet of leather every year.
  • About 13% of leather hides and skins are produced in the country.
  • India is currently the world's second-largest footwear production and consumer.
  • 9% of all footwear produced in the world is from India.

The recently launched SCALE app provides skill development solutions for for workforce of which field?
A) Textile
B) Leather
C) Pharmaceutical
D) Electronics